According to emails obtained by POLITICO, O'Reilly and his legal team were aware of Democratic fundraiser Mary Pat Bonner's attempts to get advertisers to pull out of time slots during "The O'Reilly Factor". He said it was "tremendously disheartening" that his relationship with the network ended because of "completely unfounded claims".
After receiving an overwhelming amount of complaints, the network had no choice but fire O'Reilly on Wednesday. Gabe Sherman did a great job on MSNBC of breaking down the management failure at Fox News from top to bottom.
The "irrefutable" evidence for all of this is apparently forthcoming, but given Fox News deemed the evidence was serious enough for them to dismiss O'Reilly - their biggest and most lucrative star - it doesn't seem incredibly likely. But does anyone really believe he's innocent at this point?More news: North Korea threatens to 'ravage' USA if Trump orders airstrike
In July 2016, Fox News chief Roger Ailes stepped down after a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former Fox host Gretchen Carlson.
For further insight into O'Reilly's future, Colbert looked to his 1998 novel, Those Who Trespass, which tells the story of a TV news host who begins stalking and killing his colleagues after he's fired. He had plenty say on the world we live in now as well, and expressed surprise that sexual harassment is now a crime.
In the latter stages of the interview, O'Reilly expressed disappointment that men were no longer permitted to make sexual jokes in the workplace - a change he said "changed my life".More news: Russian planes detected off Alaska 4 times this week
Bill O'Reilly's forced exit from Fox News is netting him a payout of up to $25 million, two sources with knowledge confirmed to NBC News. New York Times released a report on an investigation conducted against the television host.
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